One of my favourite TV programmes at the moment is ‘The Repair Shop’ on BBC1. In case you haven’t seen it, the idea is that members of the public bring damaged, neglected or broken treasured family possessions to a rather nice barn in Sussex where the objects are mended, restored and generally given a new lease of life by members of a team of master craftspeople. The appeal of the programme works on a number of levels- amazement at the skill, knowledge and patience of the craftspeople and their clear love of their work; the beauty of the restored objects, revealing the original intentions of design and construction; and the emotional response of the owners to their refurbished possessions, often linked to memories of special family members or occasions which shows that the value of these pieces for those individuals is far deeper than might first appear.
Well, you can probably see where I’m going with this. Without wanting to push the analogy too far, it is not too much of a stretch to describe God as the supreme master craftsman who designed and brought into being a perfect creation- including human beings- which is now damaged and broken. God longs for his creation- including us- to be restored to the beauty of his original design and works within us through his Holy Spirit with patience and skill to bring this new life about. And as we are ‘changed from glory into glory’, God rejoices over our transformation because of the special relationship he has with us- not as prized possessions, but as beloved children. The theme of ‘healing’ in this week’s service demonstrates one of the ways in which this restoration takes place.
7th February 2021